Delhi Games chief Suresh Kalmadi faces detectives

Suresh Kalmadi outside his Delhi home on 24 December 2010 Suresh Kalmadi has denied the corruption charges

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India's top investigative agency has questioned the Commonwealth Games organising committee chief in connection with alleged financial malpractice at October's event.

Suresh Kalmadi, who has been under investigation, denies any wrongdoing.

He quit a Congress party position in November, weeks after the government ordered a probe into the alleged scam.

Three senior officials from the Games organising committee were arrested during the same month.

They are accused of forgery and cheating over the awarding of contracts before the event. The three men have denied the charges.

Sleaze

Last month, the Central Bureau of Investigation searched Mr Kalmadi's homes in the capital, Delhi, and in the western town of Pune, and the home of his personal secretary.

Investigators have raided about a dozen locations, including the homes of organising committee secretary general Lalit Bhanot and director general VK Verma.

The build-up to the event was overshadowed by revelations of sleaze, incompetence and missed construction deadlines.

The budget for the event ballooned to an estimated $6bn (£3.87bn) - with the Central Vigilance Commission receiving complaints alleging up to $1.8bn of Games money was misappropriated.

File pic from 28 September 2010 of a construction site in Delhi ahead of the Commonwealth Games The 2010 Games were plagued by claims of shoddy construction and dubious payments to contractors

The watchdog's report into the Games said that poor quality materials had been used and there were massive cost overruns on construction projects.

Senior Games officials TS Darbari and Sanjay Mohindroo have been arrested over charges of irregularities over the awarding of Games contracts linked to the Queen's Baton Relay in London last year.

Treasurer M Jayachandran was also detained in connection with an alleged plan to award contracts to firms at inflated prices.

His predecessor, Anil Khanna, quit in August after claims that an Australian firm won the contract to lay tennis courts for the Games because his son headed its Indian wing.

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